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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Week of April 3rd

Monday, 03 April 2017 11:25

It’s Monday and that means Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore shares his top picks for your arts and entertainment week ahead.


Starting with a one man show from a certifiable indie-rock provocateur. ‘Stars’ front man and Broken Social Scene Alum Torquil Campbell is no stranger to acting, but this is his first one man show. It opens on Tuesday at Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre at Carlaw and Dundas.

In his stage play ‘True Crime’, Torquil portrays real-life conman Clark Rockefeller. It’s a deep and dogged exploration into how we can potentially fake it through life, and where the art seeps out of such an experience. True Crime is in previews beginning Tuesday, the show runs through the 15th. Torquil will be Mark Wigmore’s guest on Arts Toronto this Sunday at 8am on Jazz FM91. Click here for info and tickets.


Sticking with music in the theatre. Spoon River is back at Soulpepper. This very popular stage event continues to be a wild success, this time including jazz and blues vocalist Jackie Richardson in the cast.

Spoon River is part of an increasingly long list of theatre productions that incorporates real musicians into acting roles and storytelling (or vice versa). Think “Once”, or the upcoming “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”.

Spoon River enjoyed a huge year at the Dora Awards in 2015, and it’s been back a couple of times since. The story is based on the ‘Spoon River Anthology’ by Edgar Lee Masters. His poems of the dead are brought to life by the wonderful musicians on stage. Alana Bridgewater is in this show, once again Mike Ross is the composer, and Albert Schultz the Director. Don’t miss Spoon River, it’s going to be another nearly sold out run for sure. Click here for tickets.


It’s a big night at Casino Rama this Friday thanks to a singing songwriting legend.

You know them, you love them. “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”, “Sundown” and “If You Could Read My Mind” – all will be part of the ‘Gordon Lightfoot: The Legend Lives On’ concert this is Friday night. Amazing that in 2017 Gordon Lightfoot and Bob Dylan are still commanding huge audiences! Click here for more.

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